The first freeze for this winter season in Dallas-Fort Worth is upon us. Here are some winterizing tips.
Stop the Drafts
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Stop the door drafts- the draft snake, which you can easily make yourself. Just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door. Pick up some weather stripping from you local hardware to install around the doors and windows. Also check caulking around your windows.
Change the furnace filters
It’s easy to forget, but it’s important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Make a monthly reminder on your calendar so you don’t forget
Reverse Your Fans
Many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Switching to clockwise makes it warmer: air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space – cutting your heating costs as much as 10%!l
Winterize the Water Spigots
Disconnect and drain hoses, fix spigot leaks, cover the spigot with insulation to keep it from freezing and breaking a waterline. You can pick up covers for the water spigots at hardware store or you can wrap the spigot with insulation and tape.